Funding Alert 186 July 2019

 New Funding Opportunities In July

Loch Eck coverThere are several new funding opportunities in Funding Alert this month. Some of the deadlines are tight so don’t delay. We have gathered together a sample of "this months’ offers" from Funding Alert. If you have any suggestions of how we can make Funding Alert better or an area you think we can improve, please let us know. Remember the funders are organised into categories of funding streams, a click on the categories in the topic index that will take you to the chosen section, then click on the link to see if you can apply, short application deadlines are highlighted in red so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This page shows only a few of the opportunities on offer in this month’s Funding Alert; just download it from here  or sign up for a copy to be sent to your email.  Don’t forget to have a look at our support pages they might help with your application. We hope you find something that supports all of the great work you are doing out in our communities.

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 2.   Filmbankmedia Innovation Fund 2019

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The Innovation Fund aims to encourage film societies and community cinemas to deliver initiatives that secure the growth of their organisation and to make a real impact within their community through the medium of film. The Innovation Fund can be used to launch projects such as special film screenings for senior or youth groups, film workshops, marketing initiatives or educational programmes in local schools and more. Any film society or community cinema registered in the UK can apply. Your organisation should demonstrate a commitment to screening a diverse range of programming from Hollywood, independent and foreign distributors.

Deadline: 31st July 2019

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21.   Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund

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business picThanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, Inspiring Scotland have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investmentto develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings. Funding will be available for 12 to 18 months to support the establishment of new outdoor ELC settings. This Fund is intended to target areas of very high deprivation where there is a clear need for ELC provision. Please note that only existing charities that are currently social enterprises or who plan to become social enterprises in the course of the funding year are eligible to apply. They want to support those making an application and invite those who are considering applying to register their interest with them by e-mail to

Deadline: 12th July 2019

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28.  Families and Communities Fund

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The Scottish Government’s Families and Communities Fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available annually. The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also incorporated) which deliver work of national significance. The fund will support the delivery of activities which contribute to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families through:

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  • Providing parenting and family support
  • Supporting development of and maintaining positive healthy relationships
  • Contributing to positive and sustained support for children and young people to achieve their potential under the Getting it right for every child wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included)
  • Preventing adverse childhood experiences and providing trauma-informed support to people affected.

The Families and Communities Fund will also support Community Learning and Development (CLD) through:

  • Prevention and early intervention through youth work and adult learning and community capacity building
  • Support to, and delivery of, lifelong, life wide, learner-centred adult learning
  • Using asset-based approaches to work with young people, adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities

All applications must show a direct link to at least one National Outcome in Scotland’s National Performance Framework. The five National Outcomes that are most relevant to this fund are:

  • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
  • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination and
  • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

Deadline: 24th September 2019

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 35.   Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 

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veterans picA £3 million specialist pot of funding has been launched specifically to support renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres. Grants of up to £30,000 are available for projects submitted by charities or Community Interest Companies supporting the armed forces community. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects. All projects funded will be for renovations or improvement to community centres already used by veterans.

Deadline: 4th November 2019  

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40.   Society for Microbiology – Science Education and Outreach Grantsemploy pic

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Members of the Microbiology Society, residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland, including those working in schools, can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for innovative Outreach Activities  that support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives. Also funded are developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. Grants can cover, for example, talks, workshops, demonstrations, posters, leaflets, broadcasts, activities at science festivals and audio-visual or computer-based packages or activities that take place as part of a National Science and Engineering Week.

Deadline: 1st October 2019

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 44.   Grants for Climate Action Projects

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Grants of up to £500 are available to Scottish community groups to scope out potential climate action projects. The funding can be used by the community groups to develop ideas which would support low-carbon behaviour changes, increase climate literacy and reduce carbon emissions. The funding could be used, for example, organising a community consultation event and survey work, engaging a consultant or advisor to support project development or to cover expenses associated with visit(s) to other projects/organisations within Scotland. The funding is being made available through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

 Deadline: 19th July 2019

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51.   TWA Digitisation Grant

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The TWA Digitisation Grant help UK heritage institutions to digitise and digitally preserve their collections. It can be used to fund digitisation of bound books, 35mm slides, photographs, microfilm, microfiche, index cards, maps, plans, posters/artwork, registers, and other two dimensional materials.

Deadline: 28th July 2019

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 59.   RS MacDonald Charitable Trust 

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general picThe Trust is currently accepting applications to its Main Grants programme for charitable work that support its principal areas of interest:

Tackling child abuse, visual impairment, neurological conditions, medical research (into the causation, prevention, or treatment of neurological conditions, visual impairment or sight loss). Animal welfare. Registered charities that are based in or operating in Scotland and whose main focus is aligned with the Trust's charitable objects may apply. There are no restrictions on the size of the charity that can apply for funding but the Trust will take account of a charity’s level of reserves when assessing applications.

Approximately £3 million is awarded in grants every year as:

Small Grants - up to £15,000 available throughout the year.

Main Grants - grants of more than £15,000, with an average award of around £30,000 for the lifetime of the award. These are awarded twice a year.

The funding can be used for:

  • Revenue or capital costs.
  • Project funding or core funding.
  • One-off awards.
  • One-off or multi-year awards for up to three years (main grants only).

Small grant applications can be made at any time.

Deadline: 23rd September 2019 for Child Welfare, Medical Research, Visual Impairment & Sight Loss and Neurological Conditions

Deadline: 9th March 2020 for Animal Welfare

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 63.   Eat Well Age Well - Small Ideas, Big Impact Fund

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 This fund has been specifically designed so that individuals, community groups, social enterprises, charities and public-sector workers can test out their ideas around the theme of older people living well via food. It will enable organisations to develop and complete work aimed at preventing, detecting or treating hunger and malnutrition and supporting older people to eat well, age well and live well. Examples of activities are: cooking skills; incorporating a food aspect into a physical activity project; staff/volunteer/carer training which as part of a wider food project; peer support or befriending projects; intergenerational food work to reduce social isolation.

Deadline: 2nd August 2019

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78.   My Place Mentoring

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They want to help communities develop the knowledge they need to effectively bring about local regeneration. The priority will be helping groups who traditionally experience difficulties accessing support for their heritage projects due to their remote location or because they serve areas of economic disadvantage. If your group would like to develop its knowledge and skills in areas from sourcing funding to using social media and everything in between, you may be eligible for their free support, which ranges from 8-20 days of their time per project. To find out more contact Elaine Richardson at the Scottish Civic Trust on 0141 221 1466 or email

Applications may be submitted at any time 

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79.   British & Foreign Schools Society   

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Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas. The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants for educational projects totalling about £600,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to charities and educational bodies (with charitable status). Schools wishing to apply need to have either charitable status or "exempt charity" status.

Deadline: 19th August 2019    

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88.   Sportscotland - Sports Facilities

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sports picSchools, and other organisations such as local authorities, area sports associations, sports trusts and charities; etc. can apply for funding of up to £100,000 (to a maximum of 50% of the roject costs) to improve their sports facilities. In areas of high deprivation, the maximum grant can be up to 75% of project costs. There are two application routes depending on the value of the project.

Small Grants for applications with a total project value between £20,000 and £250,000 (including VAT).

Large Grants for applications with a total project value of over £250,000 (including VAT).

The next closing date for applications for the small grants programme is the 1st September 2019. For large grants (which has a two stage application process), the stage 1 application deadline is the 1st of every month and the stage 2 application deadline is the 1st of September

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 93.   Grants for International Youth Activities 

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International non-governmental youth organisations (NGOs) based in the 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention can apply for grants of up to €50,000 to support their work. Grants can cover an international one-off activity, structural activities or an annual work plan. Eligible organisations can apply for a grant of €25,000 per year for up to two years work. Where a grant is awarded for 2018, the same amount will be awarded in principle for 2019, based on the validation by the EYF of an interim report after one year. NGOs wishing to apply for a grant must first be registered online.

Deadline: 1st October 2019

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